By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Players of the Chipolopolo of Zambia have undergone the compulsory COVID-19 test as the team look to play their first game on Tuesday. The COVID-19 tests are to be conducted on all the participating teams 48hrs before any fixture as part of the CAF medical tournament protocols.
Zambia will open Group D on Tuesday January 19 against Tanzania at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium. The game takes place at 5 pm local time. The second game which comes up at 8 pm local time still at the Limbe Omnisport stadium will see Namibia facing off against Guinea.
Since the Chipolopolo of Zambia arrived Cameroon on December 31, 2020, the players and officials have taken part in regular COVID-19 check-ups.
“This morning we are doing the medical accreditation for all the players and officials. We have finished the process and just awaiting the results,” Zambia team Doctor George Phiri told FAZ as the test went on smoothly with the results expected within 24hrs.
“We have CAF guidelines with regards to COVID-19 that is very important. Amongst the guidelines which we have advised the players to always be masked up except may be during training and when they are having warm up or meals.
Each player has hand sanitizers, each room has a bottle of hand sanitizer, we also encourage the players to regularly wash their hands because that is one of the important guidelines. The players are also encouraged to maintain social distance to avoid contamination and close contact to each other and since they are already in single a room that is also a plus to ensure minimal contact except during training,” Dr Phiri added.
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